I was hit with a strong thought: No one deserves anything.

I was hit with a strong thought: No one deserves anything.

“For me, the letter was a great reminder of the expectations we attach to people, outcomes and situations, and the potential blame we assign when we don’t receive what we have desired.”

http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/07/30/no-one-owes-you-anything-a-letter-from-harry-browne-to-his-daughter/ Harry’s letter to his daughter:

It’s Christmas and I have the usual problem of deciding what to give you. I know you might enjoy many things — books, games, clothes.

But I’m very selfish. I want to give you something that will stay with you for more than a few months or years. I want to give you a gift that might remind you of me every Christmas.

If I could give you just one thing, I’d want it to be a simple truth that took me many years to learn. If you learn it now, it may enrich your life in hundreds of ways. And it may prevent you from facing many problems that have hurt people who have never learned it.

The truth is simply this: No one owes you anything.

Significance

How could such a simple statement be important? It may not seem so, but understanding it can bless your entire life.

No one owes you anything.

It means that no one else is living for you, my child. Because no one is you. Each person is living for himself; his own happiness is all he can ever personally feel.

When you realize that no one owes you happiness or anything else, you’ll be freed from expecting what isn’t likely to be.

It means no one has to love you. If someone loves you, it’s because there’s something special about you that gives him happiness. Find out what that something special is and try to make it stronger in you, so that you’ll be loved even more.

When people do things for you, it’s because they want to — because you, in some way, give them something meaningful that makes them want to please you, not because anyone owes you anything.

No one has to like you. If your friends want to be with you, it’s not out of duty. Find out what makes others happy so they’ll want to be near you.

No one has to respect you. Some people may even be unkind to you. But once you realize that people don’t have to be good to you, and may not be good to you, you’ll learn to avoid those who would harm you. For you don’t owe them anything either.

Living your Life

No one owes you anything.

You owe it to yourself to be the best person possible. Because if you are, others will want to be with you, want to provide you with the things you want in exchange for what you’re giving to them.

Some people will choose not to be with you for reasons that have nothing to do with you. When that happens, look elsewhere for the relationships you want. Don’t make someone else’s problem your problem.

Once you learn that you must earn the love and respect of others, you’ll never expect the impossible and you won’t be disappointed. Others don’t have to share their property with you, nor their feelings or thoughts.

If they do, it’s because you’ve earned these things. And you have every reason to be proud of the love you receive, your friends’ respect, the property you’ve earned. But don’t ever take them for granted. If you do, you could lose them. They’re not yours by right; you must always earn them.

My Experience

A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything. For so long as I’d thought there were things I was entitled to, I’d been wearing myself out —physically and emotionally — trying to collect them.

No one owes me moral conduct, respect, friendship, love, courtesy, or intelligence. And once I recognized that, all my relationships became far more satisfying. I’ve focused on being with people who want to do the things I want them to do.

That understanding has served me well with friends, business associates, lovers, sales prospects, and strangers. It constantly reminds me that I can get what I want only if I can enter the other person’s world. I must try to understand how he thinks, what he believes to be important, what he wants. Only then can I appeal to someone in ways that will bring me what I want.

And only then can I tell whether I really want to be involved with someone. And I can save the important relationships for those with whom I have the most in common.

It’s not easy to sum up in a few words what has taken me years to learn. But maybe if you re-read this gift each Christmas, the meaning will become a little clearer every year.

I hope so, for I want more than anything else for you to understand this simple truth that can set you free. No one owes you anything.

Designer Talk

In my previous post I was going to discuss more detail about my lists, but decided not to. Instead, in going to talk about my favorite designer.

Eiko Ishioka, is an extraordinary costume designer. The last film she worked on was Mirror Mirror, and at the end I teared in the credits when I read “In the loving memory of Eiko Ishioka”

Eiko is known for Bram Stroker’s Dracula costumes, The Cell, The Fall and Cirque du Soleil’s Vareki. Around 2008, I started noticing her work when I was researching costume designers in college. Since then she has been my favorite. Go ahead and check out the detail in her work.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/eiko-ishioka

One thing I always question myself with any costume designer, did they know which fabrics to pick or did they just design? Because my favorite part about a design is thinking about how they planned to chose the fabrics and the person who sewed them together.

For example, designer Elie Tahari, I didn’t pay to much attention to the fashion, but I looved the way the seams were sewn together in this specific jacket that I saw. It had contrast lining at the seam allowances in the inside. It blew my mind in how much detail that was. Acording to Wikipedia, Elie sold his share in 2003, so thats interesting.

Either way, can’t help but wonder who is behind the planning of the overall design. I will definitely start looking up where and who sews designer clothing.

Happier with Lists

I love making lists and checking them off when they are completed. Now that I have a smartphone I can keep up with my lists without ever losing my written notes.

To name a few, im going to look up 1-2 clothing designers a week and study their work, and practice 5 sewing techniques a month. If I have a list, I can meet the deadline.

Im 23, and ive had my smartphone for a couple months now. The Alcatel Fierce by T-Mobile is simple to use and cheap. I love it, and I’ve been able to explore several apps and now, I will be able to keep up with this blog.

 

Next time I will discuss my lists in more detail 🙂

_Nancy

Directing II Film Projects at the University of Texas Pan American

This is a list of film projects this Fall ’12 semester from the students at UTPA. Hope you enjoy and leave them feedback.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space adaptation. Directed Chuy Gutierrez

Also check out Chuy Gutierrez’s other work on Vimeo. Its amazing!

http://vimeo.com/chue/videos

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The Warriors adaptation. Directed by Andres Sanchez

http://vimeo.com/andressanchez/videos

Check out his other Vimeo Videos

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The Great Gatsby adaptation. Directed by Perla Rodriguez

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Paper Moon adaptation. Directed by Nancy Amaro

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Mysery adaptation. Directed by Gerardo Arguelles

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The Godfather adaptation. Directed by Daniel Alexandro Ledezma

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Easy Rider adaptation. Directed by Kevin Canales

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La Bamba adaptation. Directed by Leonardo Daniel Blanco

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Big Trouble in Little China adaptation. Directed by Christian Ritter

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Scarface adaptation. Directed by Isaac Dominguez

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More projects that have yet to upload their work online. Blog will be updated once I can put up the links.

Jacobs Ladder adaptation. Directed by Luis Moreno
Breakfast Club adaptation. Directed by Viviana Rodríguez

A Book you should check out! The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson and Stephanie Hans

The internet is the perfect medium to share the talent of new authors and artists with a lot of potential.

First of all, the artwork is AMAZING! Im glad the kickstarter was successful! 🙂

“A novel about two teenage girls with superpowers and radically different agendas, destined for a collision that will rock the world:

Separated by thousands of miles, two young women are about to realize their extraordinary powers which will bind their lives together in ways they can’t begin to understand.

Protecting others. Maintaining order. Being good. These are all important things for Bonnie Braverman, even if she doesn’t understand why. Confined to a group home since she survived the car accident that killed both her parents, Bonnie has lived her life until now in self-imposed isolation and silence; but when an opportunity presents itself to help another girl in need, Bonnie has to decide whether to actually use the power she has long suspected she has. Power that frightens her.

Across the country, Lola LeFever is inheriting her own power by sending her mother over a cliff…literally. For Lola the only thing that matters is power; getting it, taking it, and eliminating anyone who would get in the way of her pursuit of it. With her mother dead and nothing to hold her back from the world any longer, Lola sets off to test her own powers on anyone unfortunate enough to cross her. And Lola’s not afraid of anything.

One girl driven to rescue, save, and heal; the other driven to punish, destroy, and kill.

And now they’re about to meet.

Recommended for ages 15 and up” (Amazon)

Purchase it right here on Amazon!  http://tinyurl.com/9dpkcmg

Kindle Price is only $4.99!

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Nancy Amaro, 22, nancy.amaro@gmail.com

Referred: Angela Graham (@thegelasays)

 

Sketchbook of Dinosaurs. HeroesCon 2012

This past weekend I attended Heroescon 2012 with Hansel, Myrka and Armando and I want to share my sketches and their stories 🙂

(On Twitter)

This first sketch is by Robert Wilson (@robertwilsoniv) http://robertwilsoniv.com/

Robert was the first person to draw in my first sketchbook, He was excited as much as I was, and he also likes Dinosaurs 🙂 Thumbs up!

He also displayed some beautiful artwork at HeroesCon, especially the two different posters for The Mountain Goats Tour. If you are a Mountain Goats Fan (@mountain_goats), you will soon be familiar with this artist.

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Second sketch is by Tait Howard (@TAITCOMICS) http://www.comicbooktakeover.com/

For the rest of the day I kept saying “Rawr!” I also bought the cutest teal and pink earrings from him 🙂 They matched my outfit and hair on Sunday. He has an awesome poster with Sharks drinking and smoking out titled “Jawsome”, which is so awesome.

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Third sketch is by Falynn K (@FalynnK) http://www.falynnk.com/

I call this Tea Cup Love 🙂  Falynn and Tait Howard were doing free sketches, but together,  me and Armando donated 15 to their tip jar, and Hansel bought some artwork. She was adorable, on Sunday while we waited in line for the floor to open, she welcomed us to her booth for more free sketches.

Fourth sketch is by Jackie Lewis (@ackimakescomics) http://www.jackiemakescomics.blogspot.com/

By looking at her artwork you can tell she has a sense of humor. Hansel and Armando and Jackie were all sharing funny stories about the show Workaholics and sharing quotes. You must check out her artwork, if you ever get to meet her. She has a small art booklet with a flap that wraps around with Velcro and a book on sad monsters. She also has awesome hair.

Fifth sketch is by Dustin Harbin (@dustinharbin) http://www.dharbin.com/

He was doing sketches while I was waiting in line to see Scott Synder, and I knew it was going to take a while, so i commissioned him for a dinosaur! He has some great stuff. I knew I wanted a commission once I saw one of his postcards  of  a dinosaur with a black cape with Batman.

Maris Wicks

http://mariswicks.livejournal.com/

http://dotsforeyes.blogspot.com/

http://mariswicks.tumblr.com/

She was kind enough to draw me this quick dinosaur. My favorite art piece of hers is one of Hulk doing different yoga positions, to relieve his anger. Her artwork is very clean and loves adding detail with her digital coloring. I love it.

Nate Cosby (@NateCosBOOM) http://natecosboom.tumblr.com/

He is a writer,  but I saw that he was doodling on the table, and so I kindly asked him if he can draw me a dinosaur. I thanked him for taking the time to draw on my sketchbook.

Alice Darrow, Geof Darrows daughter. I comissioned her to draw me a dinosaur 🙂 It so cute!

Geof Darrow

http://bourbonthret.tumblr.com/

http://geofdarrow.tumblr.com/

He kindly grabbed by sketchbook after his daughter finished with the dinosaur, and said that this sketch was on him 🙂

Yale Stewart (@LittleLeaguelol)

http://littleleaguecomic.tumblr.com/

This artist draws the cutest baby superheroes. Check out his work. Baby Supergirl, and Flash are adorable.

“I misplaced the business card of this artist. She was sitting next to Chris Sims (@theisb) and Chad Bowers (@chadbowers)”

This was me before, she found me on Twitter. Artwork is by Jordan Witt (@jordannwitt)

http://www.52nddoor.com/
I love the top hat! 🙂 Thank you Jordan ^-^

Chris Sims (@theisb) http://www.the-isb.com/

It was Sunday already, and I was trying to get people interested in drawing me dinosaurs. Chris was very enthusiastic, he even had a small sign that said something along the lines “Will draw a horrible sketch for a dollar. Seriously.”I wanted as many sketches as I could get at HeroesCon, and then realized how much I was getting addicted. Its very addicting. I love this sketch. Very creative.

Chad Bowers (@chadbowers) http://www.awesomehospital.com/

Chad and Chris are working together on a comic book called Awesome Hospital. He also took the time to draw me a sketch. Thank you.

“Death Rays. Mind Control. Teenage Werewolves. When you’ve got a problem so rad that conventional science can’t help, you need to consult the specialists of Awesome Hospital.”

I got a sketch from this guy that was doing free horrible sketches. Im super excited at this point looking forward to getting sketches from anybody that had time to do a dinosaur. I love artwork, and I love this sketch, because he took the time to draw it. Thank you anonymous guy.

So there it is. I payed for sketches, made donations, and got free sketches.

I look forward to getting more dinosaur sketches from other Cons, or i just might change it up to another theme.

Follow us on twitter Nancy (@popcorn_fart) Hansel (@hanselthelost) Myrka (@Myrkatt_Power) Armando (@argarciajr)

Reupholstering a Wallet

My sister’s wallet was falling apart, so I fixed it by recycling a piece of fabric from her old t-shirt.

Here are some pictures before and after.